By Nathan Erb on January 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM
Posted in: Odds & Ends
Back for 2012 is our #MusicMonday blog series highlighting some of the biggest music festivals in America. First on our list is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
The three-day festival will take place on consecutive weekends (April 13-15 and April 20-22) for the first time this year to meet demand. According to Coachella’s website, “In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, COACHELLA 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. Same lineup … same art … same place … different people.”
Yet tickets for both weekends sold out in just a few hours. Sounds like three days battling the heat and dust is worth it.
This year’s lineup features headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg along with an impressive undercard with some of my favorites including Explosions in the Sky, M83, Neon Indian, Bon Iver, Miike Snow, The Head and the Heart, Florence + the Machine and many more.
Planning to make the trip, or just want to learn a little more about the festival? Here’s a collection of some of the best articles, previews and tips I’ve found.
- Rolling Stone brings you “Ten Things That Need to Happen at Coachella 2012,” and I agree.
- The Washington Post’s Click Track blog helps you dig in and learn more about this year’s artists.
- The LA Times Daily Dish blog gives you a preview of the food options at Coachella. Food trucks, local restaurants and even a farmers market give you plenty of eating options.
- Coachella is known for band reunions – this year, check out At the Drive-In and Refused. And imagine the possibilities in Wired.com’s “10 reunions we’d like to see.”
- The International Business Times gives you some tips on what to wear to the festival this year.
Have some music festival or camping tips? Who’s your favorite act at Coachella, past or present? Share your thoughts in the comments! And if you’re driving to Coachella, by all means buckle up and mind those speed limits!